I love food. Love to read about it. Write about it. Eat it. Smell it. And on and on… You get the idea. I love food.
In the Immortal Essence series, the main character, Venus is imprisoned and tested by ALT (Alien Life Tracker), a secret sanction of the government. While in there, Michael talks the guards into feeding her. She gets a burger, fries and chocolate shake.
And in Blood and Snow, they eat tons. Waffles. Pancakes. And, even a birthday cake.
Food brings reality to a story. Authenticity.